Monday, September 28, 2009

This'n'That;September 28th[Vultures;McChrystal;Firearms;Lyin'Bastards;Rush-isms]

The "Dust Is Settling" Our lives are in the process of "coming back to earth" after the death of the family matriarch. My mother-in-law had fallen on her 87th birthday and broke her hip. After surgery and already frail, she passed away last Wednesday evening. The funeral was yesterday. Of her five children, we now have three "waiting like vultures in a tree" for the disbursement of her assets. Those three always depended on the remaining two to see to her care, only visiting when shamed into it; one's idea of a visit was to shove restaurant coupons through the mail slot!! Those two who actually cared will be inline for sainthood, having tended to her every want and need for the past eleven years since the death of her husband. Fluffy To Fire This One?? [I think it will happen, Fluffy's handlers only want him surrounded by like-minded fascists; this general isn't one of the "KoolAid Drinkers!!" General McChrystal needs the Pentagon support today-NOT after Fluffy administration and half of the "yes-men" in that five-sided building weigh in by passing memos all over hell's half acre!! Without considering the difference in the timespan involved, there's a 5-to-1 difference in civilian body counts between McChrystal and the head of the UN; who's right?? I tend to lean toward the General; he's the one with his "boots-in-the-dirt," plus he has no ulterior motives while the guy at the UN has to pacify all the world's socialists, liberals, fascists and marxists-a greater combined number than America's military and civilian "patriots!!" ] The commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan bitterly complained in an interview Sunday about the Pentagon bureaucracy that was hampering his efforts to fight insurgents. On one of those "KoolAid Media, talking-head" shows Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal said he faced pressure to move quickly from Defense Secretary Robert Gates while the Pentagon had moved slowly to get officers assigned to his staff. "The secretary talks in terms of 12 to 18 months to show a significant change and then we eat up two or three months just 'getting the tools out of the tool box'," McChrystal said, "That really hurts." The four-star army general, who was appointed to lead U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan in June after the previous commander was sacked, demanded the Defense Department had to move with more urgency. "The average organization when someone asks when you want something, they pull out a calendar," he said. "But in a good organization, they look at their watch and we really got to get that way." McChrystal said he was slightly surprised by the strength of the insurgency when he took over his post. "I think that in some areas that the breadth of violence, the geographic spread of violence -- places to the north and to the west -- are a little more than I would have gathered," he said. He also repeated his warning that if the NATO-led mission was perceived as an occupier that posed a threat to civilians, the war would be lost. "If the people view us as occupiers and the enemy, we can't be successful and our casualties will go up dramatically," he said. McChrystal said 265 civilians had been killed by U.S. or allied forces in the past 12 months. In a quarterly report released Saturday, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said 1,500 civilians had died between January and August, with August the deadliest month so far this year. Military officials have credited McChrystal with reducing civilian casualties in recent months by ordering a change in tactics, including scaling back the use of air strikes and artillery fire, as well as requiring soldiers to exercise more caution when driving on Afghan roads. A Firearms Refresher Course [This is an email circulating around the 'net complete with many copies of the photo above:]
  • 1. "Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who did not." ~Thomas Jefferson 2. Those who trade liberty for security have neither. ~John Adams 3. Free men do not ask permission to bear arms. 4. An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject. 5. Only a government that is afraid of it's citizens tries to control them. 6. Gun control is not about guns; it's about control. 7. You only have the rights you are willing to fight for. 8. Know guns, know peace, know safety. No guns, no peace, no safety. 9. You don't shoot to kill; you shoot to stay alive. 10. Assualt is a behavior, not a device. 11. 64,999,987 firearms owners killed no one yesterday. 12. The United States Constitution (c) 1791; all rights reserved. 13. The Second Amendment is in place incase the politicians ignore the others. 14. What part of "shall not be infringed" do you NOT understand? 15. Guns have only two enemies: Rust and politicians.

Lyin' democRAT Bastards [After you read the article below, you'll understand the headline; if you're working inside the D.C. Beltway, you're a lyin' Bastard!! If you don't understand a legislative title or can't define some words in that title-how do you know that your plan is not the previous plan-the title of which, you don't understand?!?!] Ending some nine months of closed-door deliberations, Sens. Barbara Boxer (d-Calif.) and John Kerry (d-Mass.) will release global warming legislation Wednesday that they hope will be the vehicle for broader Senate negotiations and an eventual conference with the House. "I hope what we've done is constructive and well-received," Kerry, the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said Thursday. "I have no pretensions, and neither does Barbara, that this will be the final product. It is a starting point, a commitment, full-fledged, across party lines to do what we need to do to protect the planet for the next century." The Boxer-Kerry bill will build in large part off H.R. 2454 (pdf), legislation approved in June by the House following several marathon months of negotiations that involved lawmakers representing coastal and industry-heavy districts. Exactly what is the same in the two bills remains to be seen. As for differences, Senate democRATic aides say they expect the legislation to divert from the House bill's 17 percent emissions target for 2020 and go with an even more aggressive 20 percent limit. The bill also will stay silent on exactly how the Senate should divide up emission allowances. Sen. Jeff Bingaman (d-N.M.) has already approved legislation (S. 1462 (pdf)) out of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee that includes a nationwide renewable electricity standard and a raft of other energy incentives, including a provision that could bring oil and gas rigs closer to Florida's Gulf Coast. Bingaman is also planning a hearing Thursday on several competing cost estimates associated with the House-passed climate bill. The session, which was postponed once earlier this month, now gives senators an early public forum to sound off on the Boxer-Kerry bill. Kerry last week sought to change the vernacular surrounding the climate bill and sell its concepts more broadly, insisting it is not a "cap and trade" proposal but a "pollution reduction" bill. "I don't know what 'cap and trade' means. I don't think the average American does," Kerry said. "This is not a cap-and-trade bill, it's a pollution reduction bill" (E&E Daily, Sept. 25). But a leading GOP opponent to the Senate climate effort quickly pushed back on the democRAT's strategy. "No matter the semantic games employed, or the extent to which democRATs wish to hide the truth from the American people, cap and trade will mean more job losses, more pain at the pump, and higher food and electricity prices for consumers," said EPW Committee ranking member James Inhofe (r-Okla.)." Both Brown and Stabenow said they would welcome the release of the Senate bill even though it will give critics something tangible to target. "It always does," Brown said. "There is always something to shoot at. But I think it is the right step, and then we start working to improve it." Senate democRATic leaders, including Reid and Majority Whip Dick Durbin (d-Ill.), have said that they do not know if there will be enough time to get to the climate bill on the floor this year. But Rep. Ed Markey (d-Mass.), one of the lead authors of the House bill, said that he is not giving up yet. "At this stage in the House no one was predicting we could be successful," Markey told reporters. The lawmaker said he expected the Senate to closely follow the House bill's outlines, especially "once people sit down and begin to understand we have dealt with the major interests in the country. Some "Rush-isms"

  • "This is the Media Tweak of the Day: You have to be brainwashed or mentally deranged to think that Barack Obama is good for America."
  • "Every time a poll comes out and Obama's down, he does something. I was thinking how there's still that judge seat on American Idol. How about another round of Sunday shows? Or how about hosting Letterman this time with Ahmadinejad as a guest?"
  • "Jay Leno talked to me about all the money these Wall Street people make… You know what I should've said? 'You own over 200 cars, Jay. Don't you have enough?'"
  • "Left-handed underwear for left-handed men? This reminds me of the time that I called a bunch of sporting goods stores in Pittsburgh asking for a left-handed baseball bat. Now, that was funny."
  • "I'm now being asked if I have any predictions on Iran and how it's going to end. Yeah, I do: they're going to get a nuke."
  • "Obama says he's stunned that Iran built a second nuclear facility without notifying anyone. What are we talking about here? Did Jesse James call the bank and say, 'Hey, I'm on the way'?"
  • "Hugo Chavez said at the UN that now 'it smells of hope'. Would somebody tell me what hope smells like? I want to go buy some and spray it in the bathroom."
  • "Now, if I'm Barack Obama and I've got Mahmoud Ahmadinejad saying, 'Hey, Obama agrees with me,' I'm thinking: 'I've got a problem.' But I don't think Obama's bothered by it at all."
  • "I wonder if Obama heard Netanyahu's speech, because it was a real teaching experience on right and wrong, good and evil, leadership and sucking up. And I noticed that those who were the most embarrassed by Obama were the most inspired by Benjamin Netanyahu."
  • "Actually, I would say Obama is worse than a broken clock. A broken clock is right at least twice a day. Obama isn't."
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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

This'n'That;September 25th[Tolls;Palin;ExecPay;Humana;PalinSpeech;

Finally!! A Victory For The "Little Guy"
The U.S. Senate has passed a measure to ban tolls on existing federal highways in Texas. Truckers who view interstate tolling as blatant double taxation say the legislation introduced by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-TX, is a victory for highway users. Hutchison’s legislation was incorporated into a larger Senate appropriations bill for transportation and housing that passed Thursday, Sept. 18. In detail, the Hutchison provision would prohibit tolling on existing interstates in Texas with few exceptions – but would allow tolling to build new capacity favorable to high-occupancy-vehicle lanes. The Hutchison provision states that “none of the funds made available, limited, or otherwise affected by this Act shall be used to approve or otherwise authorize the imposition of any toll on any segment of highway located on the Federal-aid system in the State of Texas.” The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association agrees with the intent of the bill. “We believe her bill sends a very strong message to those that support and encourage toll roads, especially during this critical time when we’re debating future policies related to highway funding that will be contained in the highway authorization bill,” said OOIDA Director of Legislative Affairs Mike Joyce, echoing a statement he made when Hutchison introduced her provision in May. The appropriations bill has already cleared the House. For it to become law, the two chambers must agree on final language before sending it to the president’s desk for signature. Hutchison has been trying since 2007 to ban interstate tolling in her state, using the appropriations process as the vehicle. In Texas, the issue of tolling has ramped up since Hutchison announced her intention to run against Republican incumbent Gov. Rick Perry in the next gubernatorial election.

He Cringed, But He Bought It!

One of my brothers-in-law is a liberal "in the highest form!!" We've mutually, silently, decided that national politics is an off-limits topic!! I don't know for sure, but I think 'Dave' was a Kool-Aid drinker in the last campaign and voted for Fluffy obama. That being said, Dave did violate his own--if misdirected--principles and bought a conservative book for my enjoyment. While on one of his "el-cheapo" shopping excursions, he found the book, "Sarah; How a Hockey Mom Turned Alaska's Political Establishment Upside Down" by Kaylene Johnson, at the local Dollar Store. Although the purchase probably caused great personal consternation, I thank you, Dave!!

Another "Camel's Nose Under The Tent Flap??" [I've always thought that prominent executives' pay far too high for their accomplishments! While the fascist government gets more control of lives of the citizens, this action may be warranted-though I fear it'll have a "trickle-down" effect and eventually control all but the lowest of payrates and salaries; probably eliminating bonuses altogether.]

When Stanley O'Neal stepped down as CEO of Merrill Lynch in November 2007, the company sent him out the door with $162 million, effectively doubling his earnings from nearly five years as chief executive. Over the next five quarters, Merrill lost more than $30 billion from deals that were largely brokered during O'Neal's tenure. Merrill's stock price was at $44 when O'Neal became CEO, $66 when he left in 2007, and $11 a year after he left, when a hobbled Merrill was taken over by Bank of America (BAC). O'Neal publishes his golf scores, but he's never taken responsibility for Merrill's implosion—or offered to return any of his money. And shareholders have no way of demanding it back. This, of course, is a familiar, if grotesque, Wall Street story. Charles Prince earned nearly $160 million for serving as CEO of Citigroup (C) for four years, even though he left the bank crippled when he departed in 2007. The company's stock price was $47 when he took over in 2003 and $38 when he left in 2007. Today, with Citi a ward of the state thanks to disastrous moves under Prince, the stock wallows at less than $5. Martin Sullivan pulled a similar stunt during three years as CEO of AIG, signing off on derivatives deals that ultimately wrecked the company, brought the global economy down with it, and required an $85 billion taxpayer bailout. Sullivan's reward? $100 million. Nice work if you can get it. CEOs weren't always entitled to nine-digit paydays for 11-digit losses, and we may finally be at a pivot point where CEOs get paid for building and running healthy companies, not just for showing up. The Federal Reserve and Treasury Department are developing rules that would link executive pay at 5,000 banks to the riskiness of their loan portfolios and long-term performance.

Humana Has It Right-So Why The "Heartburn?"

  • Text of the original letter from Humana to it's members: Dear Lily: With the media reporting daily on Congress' and President Obama's efforts to enact meaningful health reforms this year, many Humana Medicare Advantage (MA) members are contacting us with questions. Members just like you want to know what these reforms might mean for their Medicare health plan and how they can get involved to help protect Medicare Advantage. We are working diligently to ensure that our nation's leaders understand how proposed reforms might affect you. At the same time, we have created the Partner program to keep you informed about proposed Medicare changes and help you get involved so your voice is heard in Washington. Your opinions matter to us, to others on Medicare, and to your elected officials. There are two things you can do now to help show Congress the importance of Medicare Advantage: • Opt into the Partner program. Becoming a Partner is easy. Just complete the accompanying, postage-paid form and follow the instructions to fold and mail it back. As a Humana Partner, you will join more than 50,000 Humana Medicare Advantage members who are receiving information about this issue and learning how to get involved to protect your Medicare health plan coverage. • Let your Members of Congress know why Medicare Advantage is important to you. Congress is considering significant cuts to Medicare Advantage now, and your Members of Congress will want to know why this program is valuable to you because these cuts could mean higher costs and benefit reductions to many on Medicare Advantage. We've made it easy for you to have your voice heard. Just call (877) 698-9228 (toll-free) or visit for additional information about this issue and how you can offer helpful input to your elected officials. Leading health reform proposals being considered in Washington, D.C., this summer include billions in Medicare Advantage funding cuts, as well as spending reductions to original Medicare and Medicaid. While these programs need to be made more efficient, if the proposed funding cut levels become law, millions of seniors and disabled individuals could lose many of the important benefits and services that make Medicare Advantage health plans so valuable.

On behalf of Humana's 28,000 employees, I would like to thank you/or being a Humana member~ We look forward to partnering with you to ensure the Medicare Advantage program remains strong, so you can have peace of mind about your health coverage-now and in the future! Regards,

[Signed] Philip Painter, M.D. Chief Medical Officer Humana Medicare

[Now we find that health insurance companies aren't free to express an opinion opposing a government give-away program that will impede their business operations.]


I think not!!! obama the Fascist is and will, be far more damaging than the Wisconsin Communist-republicRAT senator Joseph McCarthy.

McCarthy experienced a meteoric rise in national profile on February 9, 1950, when he gave a Lincoln Day speech to the Republican Women's Club of Wheeling, West Virginia. His words in the speech are a matter of some debate, as no audio recording was saved. However, it is generally agreed that he produced a piece of paper that he claimed contained a list of known Communists working for the State Department. McCarthy is usually quoted to have said: "The State Department is infested with communists. I have here in my hand a list of 205—a list of names that were made known to the Secretary of State as being members of the Communist Party and who nevertheless are still working and shaping policy in the State Department." This guy was a relatively obscure senator who rose to prominence by "finding communists under every rock" in the State Department.

Finally--Common Sense!!

HONG KONG -- Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, in what was billed as her first public-speaking engagement outside North America, blamed the world financial crisis on government excesses and called for a new round of deregulation and tax cuts for U.S. businesses. "We got into this mess because of government interference in the first place," the former Republican U.S. vice presidential candidate said Wednesday at a conference sponsored by investment firm CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets. "We're not interested in government fixes, we're interested in freedom," she added. On the foreign-policy front, she told the room full of bankers and executives of the importance of the global fight against terrorism and of finding ways to engage China as a global power. She said China "rightfully makes a lot of people nervous." Her speech marks an effort to reach out to an international audience and define her political identity since resigning from office earlier this year. Ms. Palin is among a handful of high-profile Republicans seeking a path back to power for a party that lost control of both houses of Congress and White House in last year's U.S. elections. Ms. Palin's address, which drew strong applause at the end, was officially closed to the media. The Wall Street Journal reviewed a recording of the speech. In the wide-ranging address, Ms. Palin touched on the rising U.S. budget deficit, the debate over a proposed health-care overhaul, the war in Afghanistan and China's role in world affairs. She described her political philosophy as a "common-sense conservatism," and said the free-market policies of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher should be guides for how to get out of the current economic situation. "Liberalism holds that there is no human problem that government can't fix if only the right people are put in charge," she said. Ms. Palin didn't refer to President Barack Obama by name, but said his promise for change during the election hasn't taken hold. She called his campaign promises "nebulous, utopian sounding…Now 10 months later, though, a lot of Americans are asking: more government? Is that the change we want?" In an echo of last year's presidential campaign, she criticized government policies that result in what she called a redistribution of wealth. "There is no justice in taking from one person and giving to another," she said. "History shows it simply does not work." Ms. Palin blamed the U.S. Federal Reserve's low interest-rate policy of previous years for setting the stage for last year's global financial crisis. She opposed appointing the Fed as the chief overseer of systemic risk in the U.S. financial system. "The words 'fox' and 'henhouse' come to mind. The Fed's decisions have created the bubble," she said. She called for tax cuts as well as the elimination of the capital-gains and estate tax. Then, she said, the world will "watch the U.S. economy roar back to life." On health care, Ms. Palin defended her previous criticisms that the health-care overhaul proposed by Democrats would lead to health-care rationing and what she called "death panels." "It's just common sense that government attempts to solve problems like health care problem will just create new problems." She called for "market friendly" health care reform that gives tax breaks to individuals to buy health insurance. Former U.S. vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin attended the 16th annual CLSA Investors' Forum in Hong Kong Wednesday. She acknowledged the economic rise of both China and India but called for a vision of Asia in which no one country would dominate. "We all hope to see a China that is stable and peaceful and prosperous," she said. But she added that the U.S. must work with Asian allies in case "China goes in a different direction." She said greater political openness in China could help soothe tensions. "Many believed that with China liberalizing its economy, greater political freedom would follow, but that hasn't happened," she said. "The more open [China] is, the less we'll be concerned about its military buildup and its intentions." On U.S.-China trade relations, Ms. Palin called for more openness and warned against protectionism. "We need China to improve its rule of law, and protect our intellectual property," she said. "On our part, we should be more open to Chinese investment where our national security interests are not threatened." She talked about the recent protests of ethnic minority Muslim Uighurs, Chinese labor conditions, and Tibet. Ms. Palin mentioned Charter 08, a document signed by prominent academics and dissidents calling for greater democracy and openness in China. In other areas, she criticized Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for speaking skeptically about the need for more troops in Afghanistan. "Afghanistan is where the 9/11 attacks were planned and if we are not successful there, al Qaeda will find a safe haven there again," she said. Ms. Palin warmed up the crowd with her impressions of Hong Kong, one of the densest urban areas in the world. "The wildlife-to-human ratio is different from Alaska, but I could get used to it," she said. She also spoke about how Alaska once shared a land bridge with Asia. And she noted that her husband's Eskimo ancestors crossed that bridge. "To consider that connection that allowed sharing of peoples and bloodlines and wildlife and flora and fauna, that connection to me is quite fascinating," she said.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

September 22nd-Revisited[FedCRAP;Negotiate;EIB;Wicks;obamaCrooked]

What Kinda CRAP Is This??
Have you heard the latest CRAP about the Federal Reserve Bank? They want the power to authorize and approve banking salaries, bonuses and other compensation! The Fed doesn't currently have the authority to set bankers' compensation, but they're lobbying The White House Thugs and the Congressional Idiots for the power.
Here's some history of the system from it's origins:
The first U.S. institution with central banking responsibilities was the First Bank of the United States, chartered by Congress and signed into law by President George Washington on February 25, 1791. The charter was for twenty years and expired in 1811 under President James Madison. In 1816, however, Madison revived it in the form of the Second Bank of the United States. After President Jackson was reelected, he pulled the government's funds out of the bank. Nicholas Biddle, President of the Second Bank of the United States, responded by contracting the money supply to pressure Jackson to renew the bank's charter forcing the country into a recession. From 1862 to 1913, a system of national banks was instituted by the 1863 National Banking Act. A series of bank panics, in 1873, 1893, and 1907, provided strong demand for the creation of a centralized banking system.
The main motivation for the third central banking system came from the Panic of 1907, which renewed demands for banking and currency reform. During the last quarter of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century the United States economy went through a series of financial panics. According to proponents of the Federal Reserve System and many economists, the previous national banking system had two main weaknesses: an "inelastic" currency, and a lack of liquidity. The following year Congress enacted the Aldrich-Vreeland Act which provided for an emergency currency and established the National Monetary Commission to study banking and currency reform. The American public believed that the Federal Reserve System would bring about financial stability, so that a panic like the one in 1907 could never happen again; but just 22 years later in 1929, the stock market crashed again, and the United States entered the worst depression in its history, the Great Depression. Some economists including Milton Friedman, Ben Bernanke, Robert Latham Owen and Murray Rothbard believe that the Federal Reserve System helped to cause the Great Depression.
The Federal Reserve System is an independent government institution that has private aspects. The System is not a private organization and does not operate for the purpose of making a profit. The stocks of the regional federal reserve banks are owned by the banks operating within that region and which are part of the system. The System derives its authority and public purpose from the Federal Reserve Act passed by Congress in 1913. As an independent institution, the Federal Reserve System has the authority to act on its own without prior approval from Congress or the President. The members of its Board of Governors are appointed for long, staggered terms, limiting the influence of day-to-day political considerations. The Federal Reserve System's unique structure also provides internal checks and balances, ensuring that its decisions and operations are not dominated by any one part of the system. It also generates revenue independently without need for Congressional funding. Congressional oversight and statutes, which can alter the Fed's responsibilities and control, allow the government to keep the Federal Reserve System in check. Since the System was designed to be independent whilst also remaining within the government of the United States, it is often said to be "independent within the government." The twelve Federal Reserve banks provide the financial means to operate the Federal Reserve System. Each reserve bank is organized much like a private corporation so that it can provide the necessary revenue to cover operational expenses and implement the demands of the board. Member banks are privately owned banks that must buy a certain amount of stock in the Reserve Bank within its region to be a member of the Federal Reserve System.
Where will this lead? I see it advancing from banking salaries~NOT just the "high muckedy-mucks" but those right down to anyone whose compensation "has a bonus computation" in it~to the executives in every company, large and small!! Joe Schmo's Auto Repair, Dress Shop and Diner who might have five or six employees, some of whom are in sales, working on a "production basis" sell more-earn more. The Fed eventually will want to control those as well. Remember that with a small taste of power, the desire for more and more becomes insatiable until the craver is drunk on it!!
Did You Know You Can Negotiate........?
In my readings[Money Magazine-10/2009], I've found three important items that one might think not negotiable:

Number One [in no particular order]: Your doctor bills.

  • Your doctor knows times are tough. He's used to negotiating his fees--he does it all the time with insurers.
  • If you have to shell out a chunk of cas for a covered treatment, offer to pay the doctor and hospital upfront in exchange for a 10-20% discount. They'll often accept to avoid the hassle of dealing with your insurer. No coverage for a dental crown or physical therapy? Offer the lowest rate your provider charges an insurer {typically 30-50% off "retail."} To find those rates check the big insurers' websites or go to

Number Two: Your dry-cleaning bill.

  • The recession is squeezing small businesses hard. It's easier to get a discount at an independent shop than at a large chain store.
  • Use your clout as a regular: Tally up your typical monthly tab and show it to your dry cleaner when no other customers are around. Then ask for a 10-20% discount. To sweeten the deal offer to pay cash {card fees add up for retailers!}, or offer to drop off and pick up your clothes on slower days of the week.

Number Three: Your hotel bill.

  • Companies have slashed travel budgets and Americans are stay-cationing in droves. Hotel occupancy is expected to average less than 55% this year.
  • When booking, call the hotel directly {not the 800 number} and ask the front desk or a reservations namager for a discount on the published rate. No Go?? Suggest an upgrade to a suite or the concierge floor, which comes with amenities such as free breakfast and evening hors d'oeuvres at no additional cost. If you're a member of the hotel's frequent-stay program, mention it, for greater leverage.

EIB Network "Official obama Criticizer"

This is Bo Snerdley, official Barack Obama criticizer for the EIB Network, certified black enough to criticize with a heavy dose of pure, unadulterated organic slave blood. I have a statement. President Obama, your weekend media blitz to again try and reverse your sagging fortunes implementing your socialist health care takeover failed. The only ones buying it are those who are already in so deep they can't see out. Nobody else wants in. And you've changed messages so many times you are quickly losing all credibility. It has become apparent that you view speech-making and television appearances as a substitute for real governance. Given the state of our economy and our weakening defense posture, perhaps it is time for you to spend a little less time on television and a little more time coming to terms with the magnitude of failure your leadership is causing. It hasn't been a year yet, you have no major achievement, and you're racking up a string of disasters. Our economy is still in the tank. Our enemies, thanks to your ineffective foreign policy decisions, think we have become a weakened nation, and some are openly gloating about it. Respectfully, sir, shape up or you will soon replace Jimmy Carter as the worst president in the last hundred years. You, sir, have no major achievements and a string of disasters for the American people.

Fluffy obama Caught "With His Pants Down"-AGAIN!!The White House has been caught on tape conspiring to use the National Endowment for the Arts to advance the obama political agenda. The conference call involved Buffy Wicks, Deputy Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement.According to, Buffy Wicks, known as "Buffy the Walmart Slayer" to her friends and allies, is the former political director of a group called, financed with union money, that successfully harassed Walmart into pulling advertising from the Glenn Beck Show as punishment for Beck's opposition to the obama agenda. Buffy Wicks is also said to have ties to ACORN, the community organizing group now in serious trouble thanks to candid video recording of ACORN officials aiding and abetting crimes such as tax fraud and sex slave trafficking.A partial transcript and audio from the conference call has been posted on It shows Buffy Wicks, Yosi Sergant, then Communications Director of the National Endowment for the Arts, and members of a hand-picked, pro obama arts group discussing how artists receiving NEA grants could produce art that would support the Obama agenda.

Analysis Of Fluffy's Crooked Shit!! addresses the implications of this conference call:

  • "Debating the role of government is and has been the goal of bringing this conference call to light.
  • The NEA tainted the creative process by encouraging the art community to address highly controversial political issues. 'How?' you may ask.
  • The NEA is the largest single funder of the arts in the United States. This government agency has the power and ability to fund arts organizations and recently expressed a desire to return to funding individual artists, bringing more from the group into the pool of potential grantees.
  • "The NEA did encourage a handpicked, pro-obama arts group to address issues under contentious national debate.
  • That fact is irrefutable.
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Sunday, September 20, 2009

This'n'That; September 22nd[Coupons;FluffyCareSupport;Palin;Carter;

Help With Stuff....
With Fluffy obama effectively driving the American economy into the toilet, the U-6 unemployment rate reaching 16.5% and every citizen needing help with groceries and other necessities, coupons may be a possible answer. The following sites might be of some help:
A possible caution: Googling "coupons" will result in thousands of pages of expired coupons along with those still in force.
"FluffyCare" Support Dwindling Quickly
Fifty-six percent (56%) of voters nationwide now oppose the health care reform [read: federal control of personal information and finances] proposed by Fluffy obama and congressional democRATs. That’s the highest level of opposition yet measured and includes 44% who are Strongly Opposed. Just 43% now favor the proposal, including 24% who Strongly Favor it. But the overall picture remains one of stability. While the numbers have bounced a bit following nationally televised appearances by Fluffy to promote the plan, opposition has generally stayed above 50% since early July. Support has been in the low to mid 40s. The number who Strongly Oppose the plan has remained above 40% and the Strongly Favor totals have been in the mid-20s. This suggests public opinion is hardening when it comes to the plan that is currently working its way through Congress.
Whatever Sarah Palin's Strategy-It's Working!!
Since resigning her post as governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin has essentially gone dark, making almost no public appearances and successfully avoiding the media outlets that are clamoring to talk to her. But that doesn’t mean Palin has been quiet. Relying almost exclusively on social media to get her message out, Palin has managed to carve out her own high-profile place in the national FluffyCare debate, on energy policy and on tort reform. While Palin isn’t the only major political figure to try alternative means of communication to bypass the media, her unique ability to remain in the headlines while avoiding the spotlight suggests she may be the first to pull it off successfully. For several days in August, the national health care debate turned to focus on so-called “death panels,” in large part because of two widely-publicized Palin Facebook posts accusing democRATic authors of the House proposal of creating bureaucratic entities to decide end of life care. The post was immediately rebuked by democRATs, and even by some republicRATs as untrue and irresponsible. But rather than immediately firing back at her critics when reporters came calling for a response, or issuing a press release defending her claim, Palin waited five days to post her response on Facebook. The post, simply titled “concerning the ‘death panels,’” went up shortly before midnight on a Wednesday night. By late Thursday morning, a write up of her statement was on the homepage of dozens of national and local newspapers. The post also quickly became one of the most mentioned topics within the political blogosphere. “I can’t answer what her strategy is, but I can say that it’s working,” said GOP strategist Mary Matalin. “A large issue of why this works is that she has been so demonized and made fun of by the mainstream press.” With more than 850,000 “friends” following her every statement closely on Facebook, Palin trails only Fluffy as the most popular politician on the site. And when Palin ended her Twitter feed after resigning as governor, close to 140,000 people were following her—again, second only to obama. “It’s the most passive form of communication there is, it’s only effective if people are dying to go to your Facebook page,” noted Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the Susan B. Anthony List, an organization designed to advance pro-life women in politics, and co-founder of Team Sarah, [ ] a network of Palin supporters. “She’s got this quality that Howard Dean had in terms of the completely organic liberal movement he tapped into.” Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer, a media strategist who does not count himself as a Palin supporter, said the former Alaska governor’s style and appeal lends itself to the online medium. “Facebook is perfectly suited for someone as polarizing as Sarah Palin,” he said. “It’s the ideal way for her to keep in touch, to rev up her base and go around the mainstream media.” While Palin has used her Facebook page to weigh in with lengthy posts on health care, energy policy and tort reform, it has also enabled her to highlight causes with a more personal dimension, such as a favorite charity, the celebration of Constitution Day and the commemoration of the eighth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. “She’s trying to cut across the grain because everyone has been saying what a dope she is and she’s going into depth on these issues,” said Matalin. “This is a good strategy because it works and because it’s long form. In an ad or any visual form, you could never take the kind of deep dive on a lot of these issues.” Her establishment of one of the most powerful social media brands in politics has coincided with her effort to all but drop off the mainstream media grid. Since her television news blitz shortly before resigning as governor, a chaotic period in which she was even interviewed wearing waders while fishing, Palin has not appeared on cable or network television. She has issued very few statements to the media and her press contacts have become markedly less responsive to press requests. While Palin will be delivering a September 23 speech to investors in China, the event is closed to the press. To some degree, Palin’s strategy may be driven by necessity. The former governor has operated with a skeleton crew since leaving the governor’s office, with a team consisting of only a handful of staffers employed by her political action committee located in Virginia. Even so, the practice of shutting out major print, television and news outlets is a sure route to obscurity—and Palin in the past has given every indication that she has an interest in continuing her career as a public figure. But even as she’s all but vanished from the public view, Palin has managed to amplify her voice and expand her reach online. The ranks of her Facebook friends have swelled by several hundred thousand since the announcement of her resignation, after remaining somewhat static at around 500,000 through the spring and summer. Palin has been able to pick up so much online momentum because “she is so exciting. She represents a gigantic movement in this country that is distrustful of Washington and finds her appealing for all the same reasons that the mainstream media finds her unappealing,” Fleischer said. “This is where social networks are most effective. It lets you focus on your core constituents and fan bases, and few politicians can actually claim they have a fan base.” Still, Fleischer warned that Palin’s ability to drive hundreds of thousands of individuals to her Facebook page will not get her past the media filter. “Facebook is one way to go around the mainstream media, but when you add it all together the mainstream media still exists,” he said. “She loves the unfiltered medium because she can make her statement and not be questioned directly about any nuances,” one former Palin staffer told POLITICO. “It speaks to the power of Facebook and social networking in general. Here’s a case where Facebook postings are being picked up by [the Associated Press] and the national media. As politicians—we’re taking note of these media based on how well they’re working for her.” Another longtime Alaska insider and close observer of Palin called the strategy “brilliant,” but said it was sad to watch her relationship with the press deteriorate to such a point. The Alaska source noted that prior to getting picked as Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) running mate, Palin once brought cookies to reporters stuck hanging around the state capitol on a Saturday for a special legislative session. “There was so much difficulty in her getting her message out without it being deliberately, in my opinion, twisted by members of the media,” the insider said. “Now, even if a story gets twisted, they all know they can go right to Facebook and see what she said.”
Carter's Reason? He Grew Up That Way!!
Jimmy "Peanut" Carter is 84 years old and grew up in the south-south Georgia. While he was a youngster, the words negro, negra and nigger were standard words of the day-rarely if ever, any negative connotation; 'black' was the color of your 15 year-old Ford and 'African-American' was someone who actually came from Africa themselves, NOT their great-great-great-great grandfather, twice removed!! While he's three decades removed from the White House, he still has the power to make democRATs run....away, that is!! From the White House to the out-house on Wednesday, democRATs raced to distance themselves from the former president’s claim that racism was behind Rep. Joe Wilson’s “You lie” outburst and other attacks on Fluffy obama. “Listen, he’s the former president, and he’s entitled to his point of view,” said Senate Majority Whip Dink Durbin (d-Ill.). “I personally believe Fluffy obama and his administration are focused on the issues, and I agree with that.” “I don’t see this as a racial issue,” added Sen. Jim Webb (d-Va.). “There are a lot of people upset about how we on the democRATic side can engage like we have been, and there’s a lot of anger out there. So, I don’t see it as a racial issue.” “I didn’t agree with it,” Sen. Kay Hagan (d-N.C.) said of Carter’s remarks. Congressional democRATs have no interest in starting a racial argument that could turn off swing district voters whose support the party will need if it plans on keeping its grip on Congress in 2010. And the current occupants of the White House made it clear Wednesday that they have no interest in bringing race back to the fore of any discussion about obama. “The president does not believe that criticism comes based on the color of his skin,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters in his Wednesday briefing. “We understand that people have disagreements with most of the decisions that we’ve made and most of the extraordinary actions that had to be taken by both this administration.” Carter said Tuesday that there’s “an inherent feeling among many in this country that an African-American should not be president,” and that that feeling drives some of the anti-obama dissent. He isn’t the first to suggest that race is driving some of the anti-obama animus. Reps. Lacy Clay (d-Mo.) and David Scott (d-Ga.), among others, have suggested that Wilson wouldn’t have interrupted a white president. And New York Times communist columnist Maureen Dowd wrote that “fair or not,” she heard “an unspoken word in the air: You lie, boy!” But by and large, congressional democRATs have tried to keep the race factor out of the Wilson debate. With their resolution Tuesday night reprimanding Wilson, democRATs had sought to refocus their narrative toward their efforts to turn around the nation’s economy and pass a sweeping health care reform bill. Leaders had spent Tuesday trying to prevent anger among black lawmakers from boiling over in that evening’s floor debate about a resolution reprimanding Wilson. During a caucus meeting just hours before the start of the debate, democRATic leadership aides said that Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, an African-American from Wilson’s South Carolina, pleaded with his fellow democRATs to keep the debate far from the racial issue. But Carter’s comments brought them right back to it — even as they tried to get away. “I just think 2010 will be about — as most midterm elections are — the whole economic well-being of America,” said Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), who heads up the DemocRATic Senatorial Campaign Committee. “And that’s what the focus should be.” “We should take our cue from obama,” Dink Durbin said. "As his personal friend for many years, I can tell you, he is the last person to raise this issue.” Wilson brushed off Carter’s comments Wednesday, saying that they were a “distraction” — a point with which some of Wilson’s critics agreed. democRATic Rep. Chet Edwards, who has represented a conservative, heavily white Texas district for 18 years, said he didn’t believe there was any evidence to support Carter’s assertion that racial factors had motivated Wilson. “I just don’t want a divisive dialogue on race to become a battering ram of division for our country,” he said. Alabama democRATic Rep. Artur Davis agreed. “It’s not a productive or healthy conversation,” he said.
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This'n'That; September 21st[Presidential;Polls;FluffyCare;9/12]

How "Presidential" Is That?
After doing five "Sunday shows;" NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN and Univision, Fluffy obama is set to play a president on David Letterman on Monday. How can his handlers think this is 'presidential?' Understandably, Fluffy left out Fox News Sunday--the only Sunday offering with a modicum of reality in news coverage!!
Fox's Chris Wallace is frustrated by White House control over guests, and notes that his is the only show obama has stiffed since the Democratic convention."First, they said, 'Well, it's the post-convention rotation,'" Wallace said. "Then they said, 'It's the post-election rotation.' Then we began 'the post-inauguration rotation.' We fully expect in a couple of weeks, they will begin their 'post-Easter rotation,' which means starting all over again, and not including Fox."
They Don't Want You To Know!
Tom Jenson, Director of Public Policy Polling [a Fluffy socialist affiliate] has been given the word by democRAT candidates in several states!! These candidates don't want their potential/current constituency polled because they don't want the majority of constituents or the general public to know how bad their situation really is!!
Where's The FluffyCare Plan?
Remember the Fluffy obama speech to the joint session of Congress? You gotta remember..... the one with Nancy Porklosi's plastic smile..... you know, the expression that never changed except by Joe Wilson, yea!! That speech.
That was the speech in which obama said he 'had a health plan.' Anybody seen it? Anybody heard any of the details? Of course not!! Why else would the idiotic Baucus Plan come to life if Fluff' actually had a plan and had not lied to the Congress and the American electorate?
When will the time come that the American public and the American media hold Fluffy's "feet-to-the-fire?" This presidency has been all about Fluffy OR all about Fluffy's fluff!!
What "They" Don't Want You To Know:
Tens of thousands of demonstrators descended on Capitol Hill Saturday [09/12/2009], protesting the expansion of government spending and illustrating the network of conservative activists that has emerged in opposition to President Barack Obama's policies. Organizers said they believed people from all 50 states came for the "Taxpayer March on Washington." Crowds filled nearly every pocket of open space near the west lawn of the Capitol, many standing and listening without a view of the stage. They marched from Freedom Plaza, adjacent to the White House, as shouts of "U.S.A." echoed through downtown Washington and marchers dressed as colonials banged drums. Some people stayed stranded on Constitution Avenue as the program began near the Capitol, unable to find room to watch the speakers. While local and federal law enforcement authorities don't provide crowd estimates, it's been said that the number was greater than Fluffy's inauguration attendance. The gathering was largely peaceful. Speakers and demonstrators said they opposed Democratic plans to overhaul health care, as well as the bank bailouts of the past year. "It's not about health care, it's about Obama seizing our freedom," said one sign. Opposition to climate-change bills moving through Congress was also on display, with coal workers in hard-hat helmets lining the front of the stage during a speech about energy. Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, a Texas Republican, roused the crowd when he criticized Mr. Obama for big spending and rising deficits, suggesting that the president had violated his "commitment of fidelity to the United States Constitution." Much of the crowd then repeatedly chanted "Liar!" "Isn't that wonderful?" Mr. Armey replied. Current Republican lawmakers also spoke, including Reps. Mike Pence (Ind.), Marsha Blackburn (Tenn..), Tom Price (Ga.) and Sen. Jim DeMint (S.C.).
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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

This'n'That; September 17th[Carter;HouseRules;1stAmend;Wilson]

For Carter Reality Is Far In The Past [Jimmy "The Peanut Farmer" Carter is as out of touch with reality today as he was as president. Only the most incompetent boob could equate the statement "You Lie" to racism; he is and he did!! As I said in a previous entry, there was ONLY ONE who told the truth during the Fluffy photo op and diatribe presentation. obama is half white and half black; quite likely Joe Wilson was addressing obama's "white side!!" If one has political and economic policies like a fascist dictator, one's gonna be labeled as one!! Limbaugh has it right-Carter is a hemmroid on America's backside..... Maybe obama will nationalize the Wyeth Company so the administration will control enough Preparation H to medicate Carter into oblivion!!] Former President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday that U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson's outburst to Fluffy obama during a speech to Congress last week was an act "based on racism" and rooted in fears of a black president. "I think it's based on racism," Carter said in response to an audience question at a town hall held at his presidential center in Atlanta. "There is an inherent feeling among many in this country that an African-American should not be president." The Georgia Democrat said the outburst was a part of a disturbing trend directed at the president that has included demonstrators equating obama to Nazi leaders. Non-Representative Releases Approved Insults The Non-Representative "Geeze-Louise" McIntosh Rodham Slaughter who fails to represent New York's 28th district, has referred to Section 370 of The House Rules and Manual which appears to violate the First Amendment--she points out: Under section 370 of the House Rules and Manual it has been held that a Member could:
  • refer to the government as "something hated, something oppressive."
  • refer to the President as "using legislative or judicial pork."
  • refer to a Presidential message as a "disgrace to the country."
  • refer to unnamed officials as "our half-baked nitwits handling foreign affairs."

Likewise, it has been held that a member could not:

  • call the President a "liar."
  • call the President a "hypocrite."
  • describe the President's veto of a bill as "cowardly."
  • charge that the President has been "intellectually dishonest."
  • refer to the President as "giving aid and comfort to the enemy."
  • refer to alleged "sexual misconduct on the President's part."
Rep Joe Wilson's legal defense for his actions could be:

Wilson’s defense attorney might point out that by most accounts, Wilson merely shouted, "you lie." He did not call the president a "liar." He was refering to one of the president’s assertions, not the president himself. So by the letter of the rules, which seem very specific on this point, he should be in the clear.

On the other hand, the phrase "you lie" is somewhat ambiguous. If taken to mean that obama lies regularly, in a general, ongoing sense, than that would be indistinguishable from calling obama a ‘liar." Which would mean Wilson is still on the hook.

The First Amendment, verbatim: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Rush Correct On Wilson's Being Correct!! RUSH: Interesting story here in the Los Angeles Times: "'obama Takes Heat from Other Side of Immigrant Healthcare Debate.' -- He suggests that those here illegally be kept from taking part in an insurance exchange set up by the government. Some on the left say that's bad policy that panders to the likes of Joe Wilson." Well, what this also does is illustrate that Wilson was right. obama says, well, illegals, you don't get any health care in our country. The White House has blinked and moves on immigration policy and health care reform and the illegal lobby is mad about it. Can you believe the illegal immigrants have a lobby? They do. "Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-Ill.), an early obama ally, said Tuesday that members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus were reevaluating their support for the healthcare overhaul," now that obama's declined coverage for illegals. "Wilson's outburst, Gutierrez said, was 'said in a mean, ugly way. And what the president did was create an even meaner, uglier public policy to accompany it.'" Well, you strip it all away, Joe Wilson was dead-on right. Til Nex'Time....



This'n'That; September 16th[Gillibrand;Polls;Scam;Fluffy;NetWorth;Wilson]

Recycle Schumer's "Yes-Man!" [Gillibrand knows she'll travel the path we hope Geeze Louise Macintosh Rodham Slaughter travels in the recycling bin!! The public must remember that nothing happens in the "Chuckie-Cheese" Schumer camp that's not well-engineered. This perceived "split" between Schumer and Gillibrand is one of those engineering monuments!! The split will put New York's senatorial rabble on both sides of the issue-depending on the final public sentiment, one can prop up the other during future campaigns. Gillibrand only seems to be weak in the NYC area; she'll bend any-which way, say anything to retain her "no-work" job!!] Most Senate democRATs, scrambling to distance themselves from Acorn, agreed to a republicRAT amendment blocking the community agitator group from receiving HUD funding -- after a pair of Acorn hires were taped offering advice on how to run a child prostitution ring. There seems to be two Acorns. One is a housing and community development group that has produced national models for foreclosure prevention and low-income apartment preservation. The other is an over-reaching, sloppily managed community powerhouse and "obama frontmen" working toward a national political footprint but hobbled by scandal and allegations of voter fraud abuse. Seven Dems bucked the anti-Acorn wave and voted to fund the group, which sparked an immediate rebuke from the NRSC. They were: Roland Burris of Illinois, Pennsylvania's Bob Casey, Illinois' Dick Durbin, Vermont's Patrick Leahy, Vermont's Bernie Sanders, Rhode Island's Sheldon Whitehouse and New York rookie Kirsten Gillibrand. New York senior senator Chuck Schumer voted to de-fund the group -- creating a rare split between Schumer and his political protege. Apart from policy considerations and ideology, Gillibrand has good reason to support the group: Acorn is a political force in the five boroughs of New York City, where she is weakest, and is closely tied to the Working Family Party, which has one of the best ground operations in the city. Like True Communists, A Shadow Government Do you realize that Fluffy obama has only once met with his formal cabinet since ACORN bought him the job? His 35+ "czars" are his informal "outhouse cabinet" and he meets with them regularly. This amounts to a communist government where the public has no representation and is saddled with taxation-without-representation!! Public Sentiment Catching Up With Fluffy obama Americans decidedly oppose the government's efforts to save struggling companies by taking ownership stakes even if failure of the businesses would cost jobs and harm the economy, a new poll shows. The Associated Press-National Constitution Center poll of views on the Constitution found little support for the idea that the government had to save AIG, the world's largest insurer, mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and General Motors last year because they were too big to fail. Just 38 percent of Americans favor government intervention — with 60 percent opposed — to keep a company in business to prevent harm to the economy. The number in favor drops to a third when jobs would be lost, without greater damage to the economy. Similarly strong views showed up over whether the president should have more power at the expense of Congress and the courts, if doing so would help the economy. Three-fourths of Americans said no, up from two-thirds last year. "It really does ratify how much Americans are against the federal government taking over private industry," said Paul J. Lavrakas, a research psychologist and AP consultant who analyzed the results of the survey. Michael Butts, 61, a longtime worker in the oil business in southeastern New Mexico, said Lavrakas was right. "People put their money up and either they make it or they don't. That's just the way it is," said Butts, who lives in Artesia, N.M. But James O'Toole, a mechanic from Monson, Mass., said the government needed to step in to prevent even more jobs from being lost in the rocky economy. "So far, it seems to have helped," said O'Toole, 53. Nearly eight months into Barack Obama's presidency, most people believe laws to protect the voting rights of minorities are no longer needed. Nearly two-thirds oppose preferences for minorities in hiring. "I think that the best person for the job should get the job. I don't think somebody should be promoted over somebody because of their sex or race. It should be based on merit, not on any other sort of criteria," said Summer Crane, 30, who works in accounting in Ukiah, Calif. The poll found a small majority in support of extending to same-sex couples the same benefits given to married, heterosexual couples. By a similar margin, however, Americans oppose government recognition of gay marriage. On other big issues of the day, the public was split over whether the government should assure that everyone has health insurance and undocumented workers in the United States should be given a path to become citizens. Lavrakas said his analysis of the poll showed the strongest opponents of gay marriage, citizenship for undocumented workers, health care reform and affirmative action are white, Republican men who live in rural areas. "They are firm and resolute in their beliefs, and the obama administration is not going to sway them," he said. Linda Johnson, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center [ ], said the poll's findings on health care mesh with what she observed at one of the first health care town hall meetings at the center's Philadelphia headquarters. "It was not by any stretch dominated by one side or the other. People were talking on both sides of the issues," Johnson said. The nonpartisan center is dedicated to educating the public about the Constitution. She also said she was heartened by even stronger support than a year ago for the view that the Constitution is an enduring document that remains relevant and that rule of law should be followed, even at the expense of short-term public safety considerations. "Americans seem to show an increased attachment" to those two propositions that are central to the center's work, Johnson said. The AP-National Constitution Center poll involved telephone interviews with 1,001 adults nationwide. The survey was conducted Sept. 3-8 by GfK Roper Public Affairs and Media and had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points. Scam Replacement Since I first purchased a watch from Stauer, I've been on the usual mailing lists of those who market watches and jewelry online and thru the mails. The Stauer catalogues and spam has continued even after I exposed what I thought was a scam [This'n'That; 12/08/2008] involving a crooked "free pearls" giveaway!! After weeding through the reams-and-reams of catalogues, I may have found one I might order from: Timpieces, International [ ]. While they seem a bit more expensive than Stauer, the quality seems equal to or surpasses them. One can only tell by ordering from "Timepieces......" whether they'll try to scam their repeat customers. Until then, they're definitely worth a look!! Tell Me It Ain't ".......All About Fluffy!!" [I don't know about you....but.....if I had siblings living in the American equivilant of mud huts--those tin shacks one might see in the rural south--and I had the millions that the Fluffer has, I'd do something about it!! {well, with one exception: I have a brother who's a "flaming asshole!!"} Fluffy brother George, lives in a mud hut in Kenya on a $20 ANNUAL INCOME, while the Fluffy obama family net worth in 2008 was estimated at $7,040,386!!! It seems that George has the same type brother that I have!! Fluffy net worth computations-next article] Boston Globe:'African Kin Seek obama’s Help -- But President Offers No Special Aid or Access.' After Fluffy obama was elected to the US Senate in 2004, a delegation from the remote African village where his father was raised journeyed to Washington, seeking financial help. But obama offered them advice, not money. Now that o0bama has moved to the White House, expectations of financial benefit have grown even greater in this tiny hamlet where water is still delivered to thatched huts on the backs of donkeys." The village where his father was raised, water still delivered to thatched huts on the backs of donkeys there. Nicholas Rajula, a businessman in the village, said, "There are still those who are waiting for him to send millions." So is his brother. "Dreams alone seem to be sustaining those counting on an economic boom in this rural corner of western Kenya, near Lake Victoria, where the American president’s father -- also named Barack Obama -- grew up and where many of his relatives remain. In Kogelo, the village where Barack Sr. was raised, there is no restaurant or post office to speak of; it's not on most maps. Still, the price of land here has skyrocketed because of rampant speculation about an obama Family Museum that the Kenyan Ministry of Tourism has promised to build. They've been waiting since 2004 for millions but Fluffy sent them NOTHING but advice. Within a week of Obama’s election victory last year, the government began to pave the main road to town. It also brought in electricity and water lines to obama’s step-grandmother’s compound." They brought in electricity and water lines, one each to Obama's step-grandmother's compound, not to the whole town, just to Obama's step-grandmother? How in the hell do you have a compound in a village that's not on the map where donkeys still deliver water to thatched huts? (interruption) Okay, three-hut compound. Strangers are suddenly a common sight in the market, attracted by safari companies that advertise heritage tours about the first African-American US president. A tourist hotel is planned. But what is missing is a direct infusion of cash from Obama or the US government, say local residents and members of the extended obama family, some of whom say they have relayed funding requests through e-mails and letters to Washington. That expectation might come as a surprise in the United States, where such gifts are not an obligation and Obama is not considered a particularly wealthy man." Well, ACORN is. "But in Kenya, where politicians are often judged by how much financial help they funnel to family and tribe, the lack of cash donations from the president has caused some consternation." Fluffy "Net-Worth" Computations To figure his net worth, we need to find out his assets and subtract his outstanding liabilities.Obama's assets are cash, his house and a tiny amount of stocks.
  • 1. House. Obama lives in a house in Chicago on 5046 S. Greenwood, zip code 60615, according to his 2006 returns. The house has an estimated value of $1.5 million, if you take the average of value of homes of the same size in the same zip code.
  • 2. Cash. In 2007, Obama and his wife made $4,238,165 according to his 2007 tax returns. Only $260,735 came from salaries and wages. The rest, over $4 million, came from his book royalties from Random House ($3,278,719) and a company called Dystel & Goderich ($815,971). Now of course not all of that $4,238,165 in earnings will stick around as an asset. They paid $1,059,826 in taxes. Ouch. That knocks them down to $3,080,139. And, like all of us, the Obamas must use some of that to pay every day expenses-- light bill, school clothes, Hawaii vacations, etc. Let's estimate that they spend about 20% of that total on living expenses-- that would still give them $616,027 to burn for living expenses and fun, or 51,335 as a monthly living budget. Sweet.After these generous living expenses, they would have $2,464,111 left over to invest. That's from 2007 alone.
  • 3. Interest and Dividends. Here's where we find some action. The Obamas earned $1442 in taxable interest. Not much. But here's the whopper. They earned $45,851 in tax free interest, according to line 8b on their 2007 returns. The amount of cash that $45,851 related to depends on the tax free bonds and accounts they invested in. But, for 2007, let's assume that they earned the national average of somewhere between 3% and 4% for tax free bonds. That would mean they have a pile somewhere of between $1, 146,275 and $1,528,366. That makes sense when you remember that Obama earned over $1.6 in book royalties in 2005. The tax free income could have come from that pile.
  • 4. The 2008 Haul. Of course, the Obamas are still earning in 2008. You don't figure that the run for the Presidency has hurt his book sales. We conservatively estimate that Obama will make more in 2008 as he did in 2007. We rounded the take to $3,500,000, based on the latest estimates of his book sales in 2008. In all likelihood, Obama's historic run for the Presidency has increased the total from 2007 even more but we're being super-conservative.
Now for the liabilities:
  • 1. Home Mortgage. Not much here. The Obamas reported $57,838 in mortgage interest in 2007. When they bought the house, they took out a mortgage of $1.32 million from Northern Trust at an interest rate of 5.625%. They also took out a second mortgage of $250,000.
  • 2. Let's assume that they have paid none of the original principal down on either of the loans. This assumption will maximize their liabilities and hold down their net worth. This is the extent of what we know about their liabilities.
  • 3. They could of course have credit cards like most of us.
  • 4. They paid off their school loans.
Now what all those calculations really mean: [No new hut for George!!]
  • Grand Total Net Worth
  • Assets:
  • $1,500,000 (RealEstate)
  • $1,146,275 (Tax Free Bonds)
  • $2,464,111 (2007 haul, net of everything)
  • $3,500,000 (estimated net haul from 2008)
  • Total Assets: $8,610,386
  • Total Liabilities: $1,570,000
  • Fluffy's Net Worth: $7,040,386

Joe: Tell 'em To Kiss Your Fuzzy, White Ass!!

["You go, Joe!!!" Rep Joe Wilson might consider the House demand, but ONLY AFTER Nancy Porklosi apoligizes for calling CIA operatives liars; only after Fluffy himself apologizes for calling "teaparty" goers, liars; only after Scarry Harry Reid apologizes for his calling President Bush a liar...the list could go on-and-on!!!]

The effort to go after Wilson for the "YOU LIE" remark comes after Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., demanded Wilson apologize from the House floor. Wilson refused, pointing out that he apologized to the president and in a public statement. Wilson even refused a request for a floor apology from House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio. "In the absence of an apology, the House must act to admonish his behavior," a Democratic leadership aide said. "These are the standards members are held to when they take the oath of office."Clyburn will introduce the resolution and it will likely attract the support of Democrats and Republicans alike, although Boehner has pledged to vote against it.

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Monday, September 14, 2009

This'n'That; September 14th[Polls;Sharia;GubmintMotors;GroundZero]

The Polls Are Kickin' His Ass! [Fluffer got a bounce in the polls after his "You Lie" speech, but like the previous bounces, that too shall pass!! Will FluffyCare be his "Waterloo?"...... I think so!!] The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 34% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Thirty-seven percent (37%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -3. Overall, 52% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President's performance. That represents a two-point gain following the speech and is the highest rating for the President since July 17. Forty-eight percent (48%) now disapprove. Eighty-four percent (84%) of Democrats approve while 78% of Republican disapprove. As for those not affiliated with either major party, 43% offer a positive assessment and 56% give a negative review. The President’s speech also provided a bounce in support for his health care plans. Fifty-one percent (51%) now favor passage of the plan while 46% are opposed. Those figures include 28% who Strongly Favor the plan and 38% who are Strongly Opposed. How Will This Affect Fluffy's Views? [This is the religion that Fluffy prefers, as evidenced by his announcement that America was not a Christian nation!! Last time I looked, we didn't stone anyone to death for anything. If we did, just think of all the bloody meat just in the streets of Washington, D.C....!! Phatt Kennedy would have been stoned by several disgruntled spouses-and that's just one of the [formerly] revered legislators in that city!!!] Indonesia’s province of Aceh has passed a new law making adultery punishable by stoning to death, a member of the province’s parliament has said. The law also imposes severe sentences for rape, homosexuality, alcohol consumption and gambling. Sharia law was partially introduced in Aceh in 2001, as part of a government offer to pacify separatist rebels. A peace deal in 2005 ended the 30-year insurgency, and many of the former rebels have now entered Aceh’s government, which enjoys a degree of autonomy from the central government in Jakarta. The legislation was passed unanimously by Aceh’s regional legislature, said assembly member Bahrom Rasjid. "This law will be effective in 30 days with or without the approval of Aceh’s governor," he said… Married people convicted of adultery can be sentenced to death by stoning. Unmarried people can be sentenced to 100 lashes with a cane. Previously, Aceh’s partially-adopted Sharia law enforced Muslim dress codes and mandatory prayers. Fluffy Owns This One! [Since Fluffy bought General Motors and fired the CEO; this debacle is his very own; "he owns it!!" All his bailout did was reward poor management; reward poor production practices. Had he let both auto companies fail, they'd been forced to "clean up their acts," and start again as real companies-not just an arm of a mis-managed executive branch!! This poor management is continuing but with a different captain at the helm!!] FRANKFURT – As many as 10,500 Opel jobs in Europe could be cut, including nearly half of them in Germany, the co-chief executive of Magna International Inc. said Monday — a move likely to draw strident criticism in countries where the automaker has operations. Speaking to reporters in Frankfurt, Siegfried Wolf said part of his company’s plan for Gubmint Motors Co.’s European unit envisions possible job cuts, including 4,500 in Germany, where Adam Opel Gmbh is based. GM agree last week to the sale of its European subsidiary to Magna and Russia’s Sberbank… Last week, Gubmint Motors Co. agreed to sell 55 percent of the unit to Canada’s Magna International and Russian lender Sberbank in a 50-50 split. GM will keep 35 percent, the biggest single stake in Opel, and Opel workers will hold 10 percent. Opel employs some 49,000 workers in Europe and has plants in Germany, Spain, Britain, Poland and Germany. Last week, GM said that work at the Antwerp plant could be wound down and that some production at Zaragoza, Spain could be moved to Eisenach, in Germany, drawing criticism of Germany for seemingly negotiating the deal to protect its plans and work force, which numbers 25,000 people. Wall Street But NO "Ground Zero?" [The Fluffer managed to speak at Wall Street on the anniversary of the Lehman collapse, but couldn't make it to "Ground Zero" for the eighth anniversary ceremony. Does his allegience lie with the American people he so ineffectually governs or with the "Mohamed Atta's" of the world? He spoke of growing the federal government to provide "cradle-to-grave" control of the American economy-of the American individuality; of the American independency; of the American privacy!! He as much as admitted that the American economy must sink as low as the rest of the G-20 countries before he'll feel that he's ruined The United States to his liking!! His speech indicated that he's continuing his fascist policy of "spending the country to prosperity".... which ain't possible-an undeniable truth of economics!! The group he spoke to included some of his largest campaign contributors-
  • CEO Richard Fuld ($2,300),
  • President Joseph Gregory ($4,600)
  • John Rhea - Bundler (over $500,000) Co-Head of Lehman Bros. Global Investment Banking
  • Mark Gilbert - Bundler (over $500,000) Lehman Brothers Senior Executive
  • Christine Forester - (over $500,000) Lehman Brothers Senior Executive
  • Theodore Janulis – Bundler (over $100,000) & Lehman Brothers Head of Global Mortgages
  • Nadja Fidelia – Bundler (over $50,000) & Managing Director of Lehman Brothers
Is there any wonder that he showed up at Wall Street rather than "Ground Zero??"] Fluffy obama, speaking one year after Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.'s collapse, reiterated his plan to overhaul the financial regulation system and urged the Congress to pass the reform as soon as possible. At Federal Hall, which is located on Wall Street and just across the New York Stock Exchange, obama urged financial industry to support his new financial rules and avoid a return to the practices of excessive risk taking. obama also called for global coordination in financial oversight and protecting economic recovery. Lehman, the fourth largest U.S. investment bank, filed for bankruptcy on Sept. 15, 2008, which triggered a financial crisis that spread around the world and resulted in more than 1.6 trillion U.S. dollars in losses and write downs by financial institutions. Addressing an audience consisting his economic team, financial executives and consumer advocates, obama said it was a "collective failure of responsibility in Washington, on Wall Street, and across America that led to the near-collapse of the financial system one year ago." The president warned Wall Street that they "cannot resume taking risks without regard for consequences, and expect that next time, American taxpayers will be there to break their fall." "While there were many who took out loans they knew they couldn't afford, there were also millions of Americans who signed contracts they didn't fully understand offered by lenders who didn't always tell the truth," obama said. obama promised the Consumer Financial Protection Agency, which his administration proposed to establish in June this year, will have the power to ensure that consumers get information that is clear and concise, and to prevent the worst kinds of abuses. "Consumers shouldn't have to worry about loan contracts designed to be unintelligible, hidden fees attached to their mortgages, and financial penalties -- whether through a credit card or debit card -- that appear without warning on their statements," obama assured the audience inside the Federal Hall and in front of TV. The government is also seeking ideas and input from industry leaders, policy experts, academics, consumer advocates and the broader public for "the most ambitious overhaul of the financial system since the Great Depression," said Obama. obama recounted his plan to reshape financial regulation, which he unveiled in mid-June this year. Under the new plan, the government will make the Fed a systemic risk regulator to oversee large institutions whose failure could threaten the stability of the entire system. obama said one of the main reasons this crisis could take place is that many agencies and regulators were responsible for oversight of individual financial firms and their subsidiaries, but no one was responsible for protecting the whole system. "Regulators were charged with seeing the trees, but not the forest," the president said. The reform also will create a council of regulators with broad coordination responsibility across the financial system. The council will discuss systemic risks but the Fed will not need its approval to act against them. Hedge funds, derivatives and consumer mortgages, all blamed for the current crisis, will thus be under the supervision by the government. And institutions that originate loans would be required to retain 5 percent of the credit risk when the loans are turned into securities. Under existing rules, some financial companies can actually choose the regulator of their choice, while others like hedge funds can operate outside of the regulatory system altogether. obama urged the U.S. Congress to pass the regulatory reform as soon as possible. He stressed that it is important to note that the very absence of common-sense regulations able to keep up with a fast-paced financial sector is what created the need for that extraordinary intervention. obama also called for "coordinated response to promote recovery and to restore prosperity coordination" among key developed and emerging economies. Next week, the Group of 20 Summit will be held in Pittsburgh and leaders will continue to work on their agreement in April London Summit in spurring global demand and addressing underlying problems that caused such a deep and lasting global recession. obama called the G20 Summit "an effective forum for coordinating policies among key developed and emerging economies." Til Nex'Time....